Wake to Washington

It's okay if you don't have a good relationship with your mom, you're not a bad person if you didn't post about Mother's Day yesterday

“The numbers looked too good to be true; they were really too true to be good.”

If you wish we had gotten Silicon Valley’s take on the pandemic tech world, you could do worse than reading this article on what’s been going down at Instacart. From its founding—intentionally misclassifying workers to cut costs—to the recent walkouts and hapless all-hands Zoom calls, it seems a lot of the platform economy was unprepared to suddenly be the precarious foundation upon which civilization rests. 

What happens when restaurant workers get sick?

Restaurant staff are testing positive for COVID-19, but with no protocols on how to report cases nor guidance on communicating to customers, some businesses are piecing together their own plans using the CDC and the National Restaurant Association’s website, talking to peers in the industry, and/or ramping up protective measures like temperature checks and more cleanings per day. 


Our Internminable Nightmare

Another way DC might look different this summer: a lot fewer interns. An estimated 20,000 students normally intern in DC every summer, but now a lot of internship programs are going remote or being cancelled entirely. While escalefting Jazz-in-the-Gardeners can be easy fodder for folks that have been in DC longer, interning here may be the first time living in a city for some, or finding a more inclusive community. Some of them may even go on to write a newsletter for you! 


Feeling the Squeeze

Lime raised $170 million in a funding round led by Uber, who in effort to cut costs has also sold Jump to Lime. Lime is now valued at $510 million, down 79% from its $2.4 billion valuation last April. Despite having one of the most popular fleets in the city at the time, Lime was not granted an operation permit when DDOT downsized the number of scooter operators last December.


Also || Local artists capture a surreal scene from their windows, DC’s only museum with a pool, Seattle will permanently keep 20 miles of pedestrianized street (their DOT director is formerly a DDOT manager), the growth of “dark kitchens”, NOT THE BEEEEEEEES

Bike Anywhere Week

Well, it’s not the year to bike to work and get a free t-shirt from WABA. So instead, Bike Anywhere, all week! Register to receive a BINGO card with fun (socially-distanced) stuff to do around town and be entered into a giveaway. Bikes and bingo, ya love to see it.


More Yoga

But this time, with tacos and superhero costumes. Seems like a chance we shouldn’t pass up. (5pm)


70th annual Europe Day is virtual

European embassies are hosting online festivities for Europe Day: learn how to cook a Danish open-faced fish sandwich, tune into a Swedish circus, and enjoy a Croatian concert from home. Events are running through the end of May, check the website for specific times.


Also || order some bbq

Sick of dating apps?

Most of us are on dating apps. Many of us hate them. But it doesn’t have to be that way! A Little Nudge wants to get you through this period to find your pandemic bae. Discounted coaching rates for 730dc.


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